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reaction on the right in the conservative media. jonah goldberg wrote, the underemphasized dynamic in this race isn't that romney isn't conservative enough. it's that he's not a good enough politician. he may be the most electable on paper, but every time he seems to get into his groove and pull away, he says things that make people think he doesn't know how to play the game." that's pretty cynical but he made his point. "the wall street journal" wrote "like twain said of wagner's music, mr. romney is better than he sounds." on the conservative blog red state, eric erickson wrote, i'm not sure i'll waste my time defending romney in a general election. sure, i'll vote for him, but i think i'll focus on house and senate races so when the buyer's remorse sets in on those who did screwed down the ballot. this doesn't surprise me from him. he's pretty far over. >> here's the thinking among those people. they are thinking, we don't love mitt romney. okay. he's a massachusetts moderate. he's trying to make himself a conservative. but if we're going to take him, let's at least have a good pol
going this is the guy that we're -- >> it's -- >> whether it's the "wall street journal" or jonah goldberg the "national review," erick erickson, rush limbaugh even weighed in on this thing going, come on, don't make it so easy for the democrats. >> it doesn't help with a certain narrative that might not be good for him for this presidential election. i'll leave it there. >> at least he's not rich. that's the thing. >> no, he's filthy rich, actually, but that's okay. >> see, that's the difference between democrats and republicans. republicans don't think you can ever be "filthy rich." >> you can't be rich enough. can you? you have to devour everything. >> absolutely. >> you don't really care about the impact it has on your life or your future. >> well, i think, you know, there are two impacts. the obvious thing, it adds another clip to david axelrod's greatest hits reel he can run as that caricature mitt romney as ritchie rich, and that's all true. but i think, joe, you're pointing to something important which is, you know, conservatives -- it fuels -- establishmentarians, it fuel
the right in the conservative media. in an article, jonah goldberg wrote "the underemphasized dynamic in this race isn't that romney isn't conservative enough. it's that he's not a good enough politician. every time he seems to get into his groove and pull away, he says things that make people think he doesn't know how to play the game.". "the wall street journal" wrote "like twain said of wagner's music, mr. romney is better than it sounds." >> this doesn't surprise me for a minute. he's pretty far o out. >> here's the thinking among those people. they are thinking, we don't love mitt romney. okay. he's a massachusetts moderate. he's trying to make himself a conservative. but if we're going to take him, let's at least have a good politician. let's have a guy who is good at being a politician. if he's not with him idea logically, what grounds are they going to accept him? laura ingram, i said is he hopeless? she said, no, he's not hopeless, but he's not there yet. >> look at the rap sheet. i'm also unemployed. we could raise taxes on people, corporations are people, my friend.
jonah goldberg who said, he is not fit to run for president. he cannot get his words right. he keeps saying these things that paint him as wildly out of touch, this guy is not a good politician. and then there are conservatives who attack him on the message itself. let the democrats handle the poor, they have their entitlement programs, when being a true conservative is trying to lift people in poverty out of poverty. >> and also what you're talking about, the two issues, the style and the substance is right on. stylistically, there has got to be a more artful way to discuss the idea of being a middle class candidate, okay? he fails there. substantively, what you're talking about is, it's not exactly a conservative idea or a conservative impulse to go out and divide up the country based on economic demographics, racial demographics, ethnic demographics. this is something the right, in fact, excoriates the left for doing. so on both counts, i think people who are supporting mitt romney and who are just conservatives watching this race are saying, what is he thinking? how did this get
krauthamer and risch limbaugh. erick erickson has weighed in and jonah goldberg they say when it shows to them he can't make a conservative argument. is that true. >> we know what the attack on romney will consist of. he will be parented at heartless rich guy by the obama campaign. as a matter of tactics or strategy you probably ought not to play into that. romney can defend it on the merits. it is very true that the poor have more disposable income and time than the working poor. the real frustration for conservatives is he is having trouble making it and explaining the basic precepts of conservative. that is why they like newt in a lot of cases even though newt is not a consistent tent conservatism but he can explain ideas behind conserve tim and romney can't. martha: adding to that criticism, what tucker is getting that, is he not nimble and can't talk off-the-cuff and find himself going into these sort of difficult waters at tiles when he does. alan, he says this comment was taken out of context that it does not mean that he is not sensitive to the needs of the very poor. wha
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